New Delhi: To protest against the government's decision to allow 100 percent FDI in coal mining, trade unions have declared a one-day strike. The unions claim to represent over half-a-million workers of Coal India Ltd (CIL) and Singareni Collieries.
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They said that production and dispatch at the coal mines of CIL and Singareni have come to a complete halt.
"Strike is total with a complete stop in production, transportation and dispatch of coal from all mines — Assam to Singareni," All India Coal Workers' Federation General Secretary DD Ramanandan said.
Coal India, which is responsible for nearly 80 percent of the country's total coal output, is likely to lose around 1.5 million tonne of production due to the agitation.
RSS-affiliated Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), which is not a signatory to the one-day strike notice, is observing a five-day ceasework from Monday till September 27 on the same issue.
Unions that are part of the one-day strike include Indian National Mineworkers' Federation (INTUC), Hind Khadan Mazdoor Federation (HMS), Indian Mineworkers' Federation (AITUC), All India Coal Workers' Federation (CITU) and All India Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU).